8124 Oak St., (504) 324-6558
Ale NOLA is the brew-focused counterpart to Oak wine bar. Its selection of more than 30 craft beers on tap and indoor and outdoor televisions has made Ale a prime location for watching sports. The bar also features game nights, craft beer release parties and a food menu of hot wings, barbecued brisket tacos and more. There are daily drink specials, including $1 off pints from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Open Wed.-Mon. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
The Boot Bar & Grill
1039 Broadway St., (504) 866-9008; www.thebootneworleans.com; @thebootnola
This rite of passage features 50-cent pre-made shots, $1 drinks and $2 doubles on Tuesday, along with $1 domestic beers. Hump Day happy hour consists of triple-shot mixed drinks and 24-ounce beers for normal-size prices. Pizza, burgers, cheese fries, sandwiches and barbecue are available. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-close Wed., 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri.
7538 Maple St., (504) 861-7615; www.brunostavern.com; @brunostavern
Bruno's has been the hotspot for drinks before, during and after sporting events since 1934. The tavern offers $3 drinks Tuesday, half-price food for undergrads Wednesday and grads Thursday, and trivia Sunday. The Willing Way daiquiri is the signature drink. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar
509 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com
The only thing outnumbering the large HDTVs lining the walls here are the beers available. Cooter Brown's offers 400 kinds of domestic and imported bottled beers, and more than 40 beers on tap. Raw oysters, burgers, po-boys and seafood are served. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
GB's Patio Bar
8117 Maple St., (504) 861-0067
With a spacious patio and a refreshing lack of TVs, GB's evokes the feel of a classic New Orleans neighborhood bar with a casual, friendly atmosphere and plentiful beers, wine and cocktails to go with burgers, hot dogs and similar fare. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
800 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9455
You can always get Miller High Life and PBR for $2 and Heineken and Corona for $3 at Madigan's. There are pool tables, and patrons can order American fare from G.B.'s Patio Bar & Grill next door. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily, 2 p.m.-close Wed.
Maple Leaf Bar
8316 Oak St., (504) 866-9359; www.mapleleafbar.com; @mapleleafnola
A standard for music lovers for 40 years, the Maple Leaf offers live music nightly — including a standing Tuesday night gig by Rebirth Brass Band — featuring funk, rock, zydeco, jam bands, national touring bands and more. The longstanding Everette C. Maddox Memorial Prose & Poetry Reading takes place Sunday in the courtyard, and there's a seafood boil on Sunday night. Open daily. No smoking.
1645 Highway 190, Covington, (985) 327-5407; 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 644-4155; 8227 Oak St., (504) 345-8229; www.facebook.com/MellowMushroomCovington
Specialty nights vary from restaurant to restaurant in this chain. The dog-friendly bar offers 15 Louisiana craft beers on tap. Heads up: Wednesday is kid's night. The menu includes all-natural stone-baked pizza, hoagies, calzones and salads. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
8118 Oak St., (504) 302-1485; www.oaknola.com
Oak is the go-to place for students and young professionals looking to avoid dives and frat parties for a night. The wine list is grouped by palate rather than region, with dozens of options by the glass and more than 100 bottled vintages. Oak also offers an extensive list of beers, a dinner menu and live music. Bottles of wine are half off every Wednesday. Open Tue.-Sat. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
7600 Maple St., (504) 861-7931; @tj-quills
With its pre-Bar Rescue moniker back in place, TJ Quills offers the college dive trifecta of billiards, sports on TV and cheap alcohol. The Orlando Magic is the signature cocktail, and the bar hosts Big Cup Night every Wednesday and Ladies Night on Thursday. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking allowed. No food.
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